There's A Little Bit Of A Shameless Character In All Of Us

There's A Little Bit Of A Shameless Character In All Of Us

While this family may be far-fetched and dysfunctional, you have to admit we are all similar.
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So you’re a fan of "Shameless," aren’t you? Well, if there’s one good series Showtime gave us, it’s this phenomenal series about the most admirable, dysfunctional family. Originating from the U.K., America took them in the projects of Chicago and made it their own. Frank, their father, is a drunk, their mom ditched them months ago, Fiona is the leader of the household who does everything she can to make ends meet, Lip helps tutor anyone that needs it in exchange for money or sexual favors from the neighborhood girls. Ian, the second son, is gay, Debbie, the only other girl in the family, uses her cute personality to collect money for UNICEF. Sometimes she’ll actually donate it to the organization before she pockets it. Carl will set anything on fire he can get his hands on, and Liam’s black and no one has any idea how he’s related to everyone in the family. While this family may be far-fetched and dysfunctional, you have to admit…there’s a little bit of us in every "Shameless" character. Here’s how:

Frank

Sure, Frank is an alcoholic who we’ve never seen sober. He’s probably the most successful scammer who gets himself into the deepest of holes. Whether he’s stuck in Canada without a passport and can’t get out of the country, signing up to do porn for money but ends up doing gay porn, or living off his aunt’s social security checks who passed away seven years’ prior, Frank always finds a solution to get him out of this rut and back on top. It's similar to how students can get themselves stuck in a pile of homework and finished before we go out to celebrate. Hey, remember that one time Frank went in for a liver transplant and came out missing a kidney?

Fiona

Probably the most responsible character we have out of this entire family. Fiona will do absolutely anything and everything she needs to do to make ends meet. Rarely ever does she put herself before her family, and she will drop everything if someone needs her. From fighting for custody of the kids to being the go-getter she is, we all resemble Fiona. We’ve been there where we have sacrificed something for our family and tried to be the inspiring go-getter Fiona sets out to be. When times are tough we might even ask ourselves, “what would Fiona Gallagher do?”

Lip

Every successful show needs a little bit of sex appeal. Lip Gallagher gives us just that. As the definition of a misunderstood kid, he is everything a girl wants. He’s tough, has the looks, smarter than anyone in school, gets exactly what he wants, and can rock a girl's world. We’ve seen this multiple times when he played “Mrs. Robinson” with a professor and multiple girls throughout the series. Last but not least, he’s so loving. We all want to be the caring big brother that he is when he does everything he can to help Fiona. When she has to pick up an extra shift at whatever place she’s able to, Lip will come home from school to watch the kids or take them where the need to be. Wouldn’t we all say we’d do it for our younger siblings too?

Ian

Ian is the character all of us were at one point or another in our life when we were struggling to find out who we were. As Ian has to initially hide his sexuality from everyone in his family, he realizes that coming out as gay is the least of his problems. As he grows into the person he is in season six, he is much more comfortable with himself and in his relationship with Mickey. Though he’s different from everyone else, his family loves him for who he is and has absolutely no problems with his sexuality.

Debbie

When we first meet Debbie, she is a spunky eleven-year-old who wants love and affection from everyone in her family—especially Frank. She’s the only child that actually cares about him and his well-being. As she grows attached to their fake “Aunt Ginger,” we see that Debbie has a heart of gold and wants only good in her world. As she grows into her pre-teen years, girls who watch the series identify a lot with Debbie. We were once going through the same stages that Debbie goes through. Body image issues, low self-esteem, etc. She even went so far as to get herself pregnant in the hopes of keeping a boy around. Though she went to the extremes, we’ve all been there where we would do anything to keep someone we liked in the picture.

Carl

If you have ever had an identity crisis, you probably identify a lot with Carl. Carl might be a little gangster, but when he got out of prison he was no longer the sweet little boy we saw in season one who liked to set things on fire and melt toys in the microwave. When we left him in season six, he was offering his home to those that he met in prison who had nowhere else to go. Deep under that harsh exterior, Carl is a caring young man who’s on the road to figuring out who he is. Literally.

Kevin and Veronica

These two are probably the best neighbors anyone could ever ask to have. Though they have their own issues, they too make ends meet and are the saving grace that Fiona needs. Whenever she’s in desperate need, Kevin and Veronica are there to save the day and help with whatever the kids need. Might I add that they are also absolute relation goals in a weird way? We all wish we could be a spitfire like Veronica, and have a funny, always cheerful Kevin to make our days a little brighter.

Sheila

Okay, it’s safe to say that Sheila is an absolute nut job. There’s no denying it. But she is a wonderful Martha Stewart-like-housewife. Even though she is mentally unstable, she is so caring towards everyone. She’s a wonderful mom to Karen, even if she’s oblivious to all that goes on in that girl’s bedroom. She always let Debbie come over to bake cookies, is the first person to volunteer to watch Liam, and even extended her home to Frank when he had nowhere else to go. Might I add there is always a meal ready for you whenever you ask her for it?

Liam

Liam has absolutely no idea what is going on and literally has no idea how he got into this family. But sometimes, don’t we all think that?

So face it, your family might not have as much dysfunction as this family does, but there’s a little bit of a "Shameless" character in all of us.

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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

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